Comic-Con 2012: Biggest movie panels and stars

Meriah Doty
Yahoo! Movies

The biggest events at Comic-Con nowadays are the star-studded movie panels. As masses of attendees descend upon the annual mega-conference, starting Thursday in San Diego, CA, final preparations are being made for some of the gathering's most buzz-worthy film panels to date. Here are the top movies to look out for from this year's Comic-Con:


'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

Who Will Be There: Self-proclaimed "Twi-hards" and LOTS of them.  Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and filmmakers will be answering questions, sharing extra juicy tidbits, and are rumored to have something extra special up their sleeve to commemorate the final "Twilight" installment.

What To Look For: A sneak peek of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will be shown along with exclusive footage from the upcoming film.

Panel time: Thursday, 12:45 p.m.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Who Will Be There: We hear Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and director Peter Jackson will be on hand, but the rest remains a bit of a mystery.

What To Look For: Among the most-anticipated panels, with many secrets yet to be revealed, "Hobbit"-watchers thirst for news from Middle Earth should be sufficiently quenched: Wood has hinted at something big for Saturday's event and extended clips are expected to be shown.

Panel time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.


Who Will Be There: Writer/director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.

What To Look For: Gordon-Levitt's dead-on imitation of Bruce Willis — who is also in the film. An action-packed thriller set in the future, where time travel is utilized by the mob, new "Looper" details will likely beam into the brains of anxious fans and be quickly spun into the Twitter-verse.

Panel time: Friday, 4:35 p.m.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim

'Pacific Rim'

Who Will Be There: While we're pretty confident he will be on the panel -- director Guillermo del Toro is set to sign autographs at the film's Legendary Pictures booth on Friday. Cross your fingers for star appearances from Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and/or others in the film.

What To Look For: Another top secret project from Warner Bros., look for carefully orchestrated teasers of this robot battle flick. An exclusive look at costumes will be on display, signifying more clues to this highly highly anticipated film by del Toro ("Hellboy," "Pan's Labryrinth").

Panel time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

'Man Of Steel'

Who Will Be There: Director Zack Snyder ("300," "Watchmen") better be there — hopefully along with other cast members Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and more (though this panel isn't confirmed).

What To Look For: There's a pretty decent chance news will be dropped that "Man Of Steel"'s Superman will be shown to live in the same universe as Wonder Woman, Batman and other DC comic characters.

Panel time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

'Iron Man 3'

Who Will Be There: Producer Kevin Feige and other "special guests." What!? No Robert Downey Jr.!? Well… he is special. Hmm…

What To Look For: An inside look at not only the upcoming film but at the entire expanding Marvel universe on the big screen.

Panel time: Saturday, 6 p.m.

'Total Recall'

Who Will Be There: Director Len Wiseman, and cast Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston.

What To Look For: Details on how this version of the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" -- first made into a film in 1990, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger — is in its own league. And, oh yeah, discussion of the gnarly girl-on-girl fight scene between Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale.

Panel time: Friday, 4:35 p.m.

'Oz: The Great and Powerful '

Who Will Be There: "Spider-Man" trilogy director Sam Raimi will be on hand to discuss his other film, "Oz The Great and Powerful," starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff and more. (While we don't have confirmation they'll be on the panel, Yahoo! Movies is scheduled to talk to both Williams and Kunis.)

What To Look For: In case you don't yet know, this is a prequel to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," due in theaters March of next year. Raimi should share many geek-tastic details of the complexity of making of this magical, special effects-heavy movie.

Panel time: Thursday, 2:05 p.m.


Who Will Be There: Writer-director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and producer Simon Kinberg.

What To Look For: An exclusive first peek at the much anticipated sci-fi movie set on a space station in the year 2159.

Panel time: Friday, 4:35 p.m.


Django Unchained
Django Unchained

 'Django Unchained'

Who Will Be There: Quentin Tarantino and cast!!!

What To Look For: A sneak peek at exclusive footage of Tarantino's violent revenge film set in the South before the Civil War.

Panel time: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.


The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2

'The Expendables 2'

Who Will Be There: Co-writer and star Sylvester Stallone will be in the house along with new cast member Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Jean Claude Van Damme.

What To Look For: A preview of the film, real weaponry and … EXPLOSIONS!

Panel time: Thursday, 4:45 p.m.


Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph

'Wreck-it Ralph'

Who Will Be There: Cast members John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and director Rich Moore (of "Futurama").

What To Look For: A headline-catching Silverman slip, preferably of the potty mouth variety, and peeks into the video game-themed animated comedy.

Panel time: Thursday, 2:05 p.m.




Who Will Be There: Tim Burton (who Yahoo! Movies has scheduled separate time to speak with along with Atticus Shaffer, the voice of Edgar).

What To Look For: Burton's answers to burning fan questions and his take on making a major studio stop-animation film.

Panel time: Thursday, 2:05 p.m.

'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Who Will Be There: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson.

What To Look For: New footage of the latest "Resident Evil" film, in 3D, and a preview and discussion of the latest in the film franchise based on the popular video game series.

Panel time: Friday, 4:05 p.m.